Robinson Cano is aiming for a historic contract, according to recent reports.
The Yankees second baseman, who is eligible for free agency this offseason and is considered by most to be the top available player, asked the team for a deal in the range of 10-years, $300 million during negotiations "several months ago," ESPN reported and other outlets confirmed. Joel Sherman reported the figure at $310 million, which would beat Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $305 million deal (including milestone bonuses).
The Yankees offered Cano a deal believed to be in the eight-year, $138 million range prior to the season, according to Ken Rosenthal. The team reportedly upped its offer again at some point, but there's been no indication the Yankees have come anywhere close to Cano's alleged astronomical asking price.
“Out of respect to both parties, we have agreed all along with the Yankees not to comment publicly on discussions regarding Robinson’s contractual future," Brody Van Wagenen, Cano's agent, said in a statement. "I am abiding by that agreement and I will not confirm any discussions or offers or whether there have been offers by either side. As Robinson said yesterday, he hasn’t made any decisions on his future. Robinson is among the elite talents in the game and in the final few days of his contract, but he and I will continue to respect the process and our promise to not discuss specifics."
Cano is batting .315 with a .384 on-base percentage and .519 slugging percentage. He has 27 home runs, his fifth-straight season with at least 25 home runs. Advanced metrics rate him as an above-average defender for 2013. Cano's toughest test may have come this season, when he was one of a small group of Yankees to not spend any time on the disabled list. He also served as the team's primary threat in the lineup.
But Cano turns 31 in October, so any long-term deal would take him into his late-30s -- at least.
Cano is represented by Roc Nation Sports, the agency founded by Jay Z.